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Spain lockdown: Is Barcelona in lockdown? New restrictions imposed

On the whole, Spain has identified 5,695 cases of COVID-19 in the last week, up from 2,944 the week before.

The number of coronavirus cases in Catalonia soared to 1,293 in the last 24 hours on Thursday, the highest since May 18, and around 840 of these are in Barcelona.

Spain has been one of the hardest-hit nations in Europe with more than 28,400 deaths in the pandemic.

It emerged from a strict lockdown on June 21, but since then has seen 170 outbreaks around the country, prompting authorities to impose a series of restrictions to try to stymie the spread of the virus.

Despite this, beaches in Barcelona still reached capacity over the weekend.

Police patrolled Barceloneta beach and closed it off to new bathers on Sunday afternoon after it became overwhelmed.

Dr Jacobo Mendioroz, the region’s COVID chief, told a Spanish radio station the next step will be mandatory home confinement.

Around four million people live in Barcelona, and it is one of Spain’s most popular destinations, along with the Costa del Sol.

Currently, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has not reversed its decision to lift the travel advisory on Spain.

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According to The Telegraph, a Government source told the paper the position is being assessed by embassy staff and the Spanish authorities, but imminent change is not expected.

Many will remember looking on in horror as Spain’s death toll rose sharply over a number of weeks as the country tried to fight the virus.

The new restrictions come barely four weeks after Spain ended its state of emergency when its 47 million residents were subjected to one of the world’s toughest lockdowns.

It began one of the worst outbreaks in Europe, alongside the UK and Italy.

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